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Mardi Gras, Burlington-style

Posted on March 2, 2011 4:40 PM by Allison

It’s just once a year that the magic of New Orleans hits the streets of Burlington, and believe me, you don’t want to miss this one.

The energy is contagious.  The fun is permeable.  The loot is delicious.

Vermonters from near and far brave March’s unpredictable elements to join the crowds for creative floats, great costumes, beads, traditional moon pies and Lake Champlain Chocolates.  Our very own Gary Coffey, Director of Retail Sales, will be one of the judges voting for the best float.  We’re pretty proud.

The crowd’s increased size over the years has forced a slight change in the parade route.  Instead of heading up Church Street and the pedestrian marketplace, the floats are heading down Main Street toward the water.  That frees up Church Street for après-parade wandering and snacking.

While you’re wandering, definitely stop by our retail shop and café on Church Street for some fun Louisiana-style treats.  Lauren, our newest R&D guru, will be cooking up a recipe for a traditional Louisiana Praline confection, and we’ll be making fudge for the occasion.  If it’s chilly, grab a hot chocolate on your way to the parade to keep you warm while you cheer for beads.

Don’t forget to check out Emily Jones’ newest chocolate sculpture for the occasion, and she’s working on it as we speak.  It’ll be displayed in the window at our Church Street Shop.

We’ll see you down there!

Vermont may be called the Green Mountain State, but we Vermonters are very proud of our lake as well!  Just look at the name of our chocolate company!  Lake Champlain is our state’s western border, it’s rich in recreation, culture and history, and is a huge part of our economy.  And the sunsets over the Adirondaks?  Breathtaking.   

Last year marked the 400th anniversary of our region’s discovery by French explorer Samuel de Champlain.  The Quadricentennial Celebration was a huge success and this year’s Lake Champlain Maritime Festival will be better than ever. 

A proud first-time sponsor of the event, Lake Champlain Chocolates is even more excited because our friends Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are one of the performers.  We’ll be there selling the new, limited edition Grace Under Fire bar and of course, our incredible ice cream!

The four-day event takes place August 12th through 15th on Burlington’s Waterfront.  Highlights include a Vintage Boat Show, Shoreline Cruises on the Spirit of Ethan Allen, tons of local food and some great shows each night with MGMT, Gov’t Mule, Dark Star Orchestra and as mentioned above, our friend Grace Potter! Stop by if you’re in Burlington, learn a bit about this amazing lake of ours, and don’t forget to cool off with some Lake Champlain Chocolates ice cream

Happy Birthday Lake Champlain!

Posted on June 30, 2009 12:27 PM by Erin

This year marks the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain's daring expedition to our region and to the Lake that now bears his name (and from which we get our name here at LCC!).  Known as the "Father of New France", Champlain was the first European to ever set foot in Vermont.  And so to help commemorate 2009 as the quadricentennial, special events - celebrating the Lake, the land, and its people - have been planned all year long throughout the state.  Right here in Burlington, the quad's International Waterfront Festival kicks off this Thursday, July 2nd and continues on thru the 14th - 13 total days of fun!  From concerts on the Lake - Tony Bennett anyone? - to theater performances, food festivals, kid's events, and so much more, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

As sponsors of the Burlington International Waterfront Festival, you'll find LCC scooping our delicious small batch ice cream at the following events:

July 3rd - Independence Day Celebration Fireworks, Battery Park, 9:30pm
July 4th, 5th, 9th & 11th - Various Performance, Champlain Valley Stage, City Hall Park
July 6th - Dan Zanes & Friends Concert, Waterfront Stage, 3pm
July 8th - Steve Earle & Aimee Mann Concert, Waterfront Stage, 7pm
July 10th - Les Cowboys Fringants & Le Vent du Nord Concert, Waterfront Stage, 7:30pm
July 11th - Ween & Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Waterfront Stage, 6:30pm

We hope to see you in Burlington!

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